Cancer is something no Garden City resident wants to hear they have. A cancer diagnosis can turn a person's world upside down. But, if the cancer is misdiagnosed, it can be an even more devastating.
Sports injuries have been in the news lately, both in New York and throughout the country. It seems like almost any sport can lead a player to suffer from a severe head injury. And, a head injury can lead to a lifetime of necessary care and expensive medical treatment.
When a New York doctor tells a patient that they have cancer, it is one of the worst things they could hear. The cancer diagnosis is frightening and most patients assume the worst. But, when a patient suffers from a misdiagnosis, such as not diagnosing breast cancer, they may not receive the treatment they need in a timely fashion.
Many medical malpractice suits involve a claim that doctors failed to provide medical care that was up to the standards of their profession. Often, these cases hinge on the question of whether the doctor did enough to help the patient. For example, a patient might allege that her doctor failed to diagnose a serious condition, and that therefore her condition worsened and she suffered harm because of that failure to diagnose.
Going to the doctor can be stressful given the fact that an individual may find out that he or she is in worse health than feared. After all, a doctor may discover a serious disease, such as cancer, thus turning a patient's life upside-down. However, most New Yorkers realize that it is better to have an early diagnosis so that any condition discovered can be more quickly and effectively treated. But the sad truth of the matter is that far too many of New York's medical professionals neglect their duty to their patients, thereby putting them at risk of harm.
A few weeks ago on the blog we discussed a medical malpractice case where posts obtained from a social medial website were disallowed from being admitted into evidence by the court. Evidentiary issues like this are quite frequent in medical malpractice cases where the stakes are high and the medical specifics of the case are beyond the average individual's understanding. Expert witness testimony can be confusing and hard to understand, and physical evidence offered to the court may seem irrelevant. Yet, appropriately addressing evidentiary issues can mean the difference between winning your hospital negligence case and losing it.
Anyone with any type of experience with the legal system, and even those who watch courtroom dramas on television, know the importance of evidence. Essentially, the strength of your evidence compared to the strength of the other side's evidence makes the difference in a case, regardless of type. Therefore, knowing the rules of evidence and how to use them to your advantage is key when entering into litigation. Those who fail to utilize these rules may be taken advantage of and find themselves facing unwanted outcomes.
It is estimated that as much as 10 percent of the elder population experiences abuse in some form. The horrifying consequences of elder abuse can lead to significant injuries. Several state and federal laws have been enacted to help curb elder abuse. Unfortunately, the problem remains widespread.
When negligent doctors, nurses and the hospitals that employ them leave a patient harmed, they should be held accountable for their actions. Although errant medical professionals in New York may be punished by licensing boards and looked down upon by their peers, this does nothing to aid their victims in their pursuit of recovery. The damages suffered as a result of medical malpractice can be quite extensive. Victims may suffer physical and emotional pain and suffering, and their medical expenses may be exorbitant. Additionally, those victims who are so injured that they cannot work may lack the income needed to provide basic financial stability for themselves and their families.
Advances in medical technologies and treatments have truly reshaped today's health care industry. Many New Yorkers who may have once been left without any diagnosis and treatment options might now be able to have their pain reduced or eliminated, and their medical condition slowed or completely cured. Yet, an efficient and effective medical diagnosis and treatment is dependent upon a medical professional's competency. When a doctor fails to properly diagnose a medical condition, or commits a surgical error, medication mistake or some other form of negligence, then a victim may be left with significant damages.